Ecuador: Keeping it FAT

Just when we thought we had our plan for Wednesday, it changed.  Due to transportation logistics (i.e., the camp bus needed to be on two places at the same time) our school visit team reorganized on the fly and performed the Prodigal Son skit for the Yayulihui Central Elementary school.  There is that Flexible thing again. 

 

Connor as the evil prince in Daniel and and the Lion's Den

Connor as the evil prince in Daniel and and the Lion's Den

As for adaptable, I give you Connor.  A supporting actor in many of our productions, he took to each part with enthusiasm and a true performer's heart.  Even when the costume designers gave him an "Elton John meets king Darius" look, Conner nevertheless pulled it off like a pro.

He also plays a really mean game of duck-duck-goose during recreation time! 

Another adaptable challenge came in the form of a stainless steel kitchen sink.  Said sink was part of the old kitchen and the space is being remodeled to accommodate a care-taker's apartment at the church.  Seems Iglesia Bautista Montalvo is a frequent break-in target.

So the sink need to be removed and re-purposed to the new kitchen. 

Now that's how you build a sink!

Now that's how you build a sink!

And so, the demolition began. Except this is Ecuador and things are not as we expect.  As Patti said, "We don't use that much rebar and concrete in a 50-story office building!

Nevertheless, the sink had to be saved.  So we hammered. And we chipped.  And we hammered,  And we chipped.  And we... well, you get the idea. 

Real progress was finally made when Pastor Steve suggested we knock-out the main support (that partially demolished brick wall under the sink).  With the wall gone, the rebar began to bend and then the concrete cracked easier and the sink was freed!

Perhaps this illustrates two points about our adaptability as children of God.  First, what used to be good and useful may now need to be remodeled and repurposed 

Learning the Gospel story

Learning the Gospel story

which requires demolishing what used to be.  Think about Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9) or Simon being renamed Peter (Mark 16 and John 21).  We usually see God in the building business, but he is also in the demolition business.  Second, to really clear the way for what will be, you need to knock-out the supports for what's there now.  Dangerous business demolition, which is why we always go through at God's leading and by his side, but be prepared for him to rock your human foundations as he is transforming and renewing you (Romans 12:2).

As for teachable, I give you this little face.   Just reflect on his expression and ask yourself, when God is teaching me, how am I responding?  In faith with diligence and concentration, or with indifference and whatever energy is left-over from doing things my way?

Ferocious lions in their den

Ferocious lions in their den

Having a God who speaks (John 10:27) is a blessing and a challenge.  We are used to talking at him, but What do we do when he talks back?  If he has something to say to us, how do we respond?  Will we listen and learn, or ignore him.  How long can you ignore God and not experience a consequence?

Daniel was a FAT man.  Carried off to captivity as a child, he grew up in a foreign culture.  He didn't insist on "his way."  When he was recognized as a man of potential and selected for special training, no problem, he kept 

his relationship with God and served the k

ing.  And when the king, reluctantly, had him thrown into the lion's den Daniel learned in a new and wonderful way that his God is able to save, even from the mouths of lions.

Little ones making lion puppets

Little ones making lion puppets